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Miss Venezuela Bears Uncanny Resemblance to Kim Kardashian

The new Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez, 18, bears a striking resemblance to Kim Kardashian with her seductive dark eyes and long, shiny black locks — and fans are taking note on social media. One called Gutiérrez “the Latin Kim Kardashian.” Another wrote: “They look 100 percent alike.”

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Venezuela just defaulted, moving deeper into crisis

Venezuela, a nation spiraling into a humanitarian crisis, has missed a debt payment. It could soon face grim consequences.

The South American country defaulted on its debt, according to a statement issued Monday night by S&P Global Ratings. The agency said the 30-day grace period had expired for a payment that was due in October.

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Iceland Blocks Shipment of Venezuela-bound Tear Gas

The Icelandic Ministry of Transport and Local Government has denied the European Transport Agency‘s request for permission to transport anti-riot gear to Venezuela, mbl.is reports.

The gear in question consists of 16 tons of tear gas from China. The Ministry couldn‘t accept the transfer due to areas in Venezuela not respecting human rights.

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Goldman Sachs admits it bought Venezuelan bonds

Goldman Sachs admitted it bought Venezuelan bonds after getting accused by the country’s opposition of trying to “make a quick buck off the suffering of the Venezuelan people.”

The president of Venezuela’s opposition-led Congress blasted Goldman for financing “dictatorship” under President Nicholas Maduro after Goldman bought $2.8 billion in bonds issued by state oil company PDVSA at a steep discount.

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RANKED: The world’s national debts, from safest to most risky

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Bank of America’s Transforming World Atlas has loads of lovely infographics in it, but one of the most colourful is a map of the world’s riskiest sovereign debt.

The map uses the prices of credit default swaps, which are derivatives that pay out if a borrower defaults.

Sovereign credit default swaps have been used as a type of insurance against sovereign governments not paying back the money they owe. Like any insurance product, the more expensive it is the more likely the event you’re insuring against will happen soon.

Venezuelan debt is by far the most risky, costing twice as much as Greek or Ukrainian debt to insure.

The graphic also shows just how far Spain and Ireland have come. The market thinks their debt is pretty risk free, with lower CDS spreads than Italy or Portugal. The Spanish economy is going through a bit of a revival after suffering a devastating housing crash and unemployment crisis.

Eco-Cabañas en Venezuela / Kristofer Nonn

Arquitectos: Kristofer Nonn
Ubicación: Santa Elena, Venezuela
Área: 17.0 m2
Año Proyecto: 2007
Fotografías: Nick Brown / Open Architecture Network

Costo: $500 USD (No específicado)
Cliente: Peace Villages Foundation
Usuarios: Voluntarios y trabajadores de Peace Villages Foundation
Capacidad: 2 Personas

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En al año 2007, Kristofer Nonn y su señora, Helen, se embarcaron en un viaje a través deIdealist.org para enseñar y construir en la localidad venezolana de Santa Elena. Después de revisar las chozas de hojalata donde vive la mayoría de la población, Nonn consideró que había que hacer pequeñas mejoras en la forma en que se estas se construyen, logrando hacer grandes diferencias con poco esfuerzo.

© Nick Brown / Open Architecture Network

Usando la misma madera local, hojalatas y hormigón, las Eco-Cabañas tienen varias características de diseño sostenible. Primero, son levantadas del suelo para evitar el contacto con el suelo húmedo, evitando la infestación de termitas, y promoviendo el enfriamiento.

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Una de ellas está revestida de tejas de tipo Tung y la otra en una combinación de hormigón y botellas de vidrio de desecho, encontradas en los bordes de las carreteras.

© Nick Brown / Open Architecture Network

Las puertas se abren a la brisa y las vistas hacia el valle en orientación norte-sur y los techos capturan las brisas y el agua de la lluvia. El mobiliario está integrado en el marco de la pared, reduciendo al mínimo la cantidad de material requerido.


El consumo de energía es sólo un par de bombillas de luz en cada cabaña. Nonn espera que sus edificios inspiren nuevas y mejores formas de construir en la región, de forma más respetuosa con el medio ambiente de Santa Elena.

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Venezuela uses photo of journalist it detained to promote how well it treats foreigners

In an effort to promote tourism, Venezuela’s state-funded television station has been tweeting bright and sunny images with reasons why “we love Venezuela” under the hashtag #AmamosAVenezuela. One of those promos features a smiling Miami Herald reporter Jim Wyss, and atelevision ad proclaims,

“We love Venezuela for receiving foreigners like one of our own.”

The problem? That photo was taken at Miami International Airport in 2013 and, “the reason I’m so happy is because I’m just getting back to the U.S. after spending 48 hours in detention in Venezuela,” Wyss writes.

The tweet from Telesur, which Wyss tells The Post he discovered Thursday, appears to have since been deleted. But Wyss did tweet in English and inSpanish, asking the television station of it was an accidental or ironic use of his image:

Wyss, who works as the South America correspondent for the Herald, had been in Venezuela in 2013 covering the upcoming municipal vote. As part of his coverage, he sought out “statistics on contraband” and he was told talk to the Bolivarian National Guard about it, he writes. He showed up at the guard’s headquarters and was told that “The General” would soon speak with him. Hours dragged on and when Wyss attempted to leave, he was told he couldn’t. Wyss writes:

Instead, I was handed over to “The Inspector,” who put me into an armored car with doors that didn’t open from the inside (I checked). When I asked him where we were going, he said, “My office.”

His office was an undistinguished house on an inconspicuous street in San Cristóbal. The windows were heavily barred. Once inside, I was told that I was being investigated by military counter-intelligence.

So began a 48-hour period in which Wyss was questioned about his activities, notes and contacts and then held in an immigration holding cell before he was eventually released, Wyss writes. He added: “I was exceptionally lucky” and thankful to “The Miami Herald, the U.S. State Department, airlines, local journalists and absolute strangers [who] pushed hard for my release.”

“I’m still looking for those statistics on contraband,” Wyss wrote in 2013. “General: You have my phone numbers — and the contact information of everyone I’ve ever known. Call me.”

Advocates for press freedom have called the country a difficult environment for reporters. Numerous journalists were physically assaulted by pro-government demonstrators and law enforcement officials while covering 2014 protests against President Nicolás Maduro, according to local press freedom groups, and at least six journalists were detained, the Committee to Protect Journalists noted.